Lessons are hard in classrooms darkened by torture

IF A British eight-year-old visited Trstenik One primary school, in the Drenica valley of Kosovo, he or she might think it looked quite familiar at first.

Leading Article: The army must back off throughout Indonesia, not just in East Timor

THE ARRIVAL of United Nations troops in East Timor yesterday was a belated acknowledgement of the need to do something for a people who have been betrayed too often. There is more to be ashamed of than to be proud of in the international reaction to unfolding events in East Timor in recent months. None the less, the fact that the world is reacting at all should be seen as a kind of progress.

Pensioners want Milosevic out

Pensioners want Milosevic out

Football: Croatia hold Yugoslavia in first meeting

YUGOSLAVIA AND Croatia drew 0-0 in a politically-charged Euro 2000 qualifier in Belgrade yesterday, the first match between the two sides.

Football: National pride at stake for Croatia

ARSENAL'S NEW striker Davor Suker will lead Croatia's attack in tonight's Euro 2000 qualifier against Yugoslavia - a match that has added significance because of the four-year conflict between the two countries in the early Nineties.

Book review: Face to face with war crimes


Leading article: The right qualities to be Nato's new Secretary General

IT IS not often, in choosing the head of major international organisations, that the mooted candidate seems overwhelmingly the right one. Such, however, is the case with George Robertson, who looks certain to be approved as Nato's next Secretary General. For what he believes, for what he has achieved and (not least important) for what he symbolises, Mr Robertson is an almost perfect fit as the alliance debates its future role and as Europe seeks to build its own security and defensive identity.

Leading Article: It is politicians, not generals, who wage war

THE EARLY departure of General Wesley Clark, the Nato commander who led the bombing campaign in Yugoslavia, serves as a reminder of how great the divisions between politicians and soldiers remain. General Clark was a soldier who spoke his mind. As such, he was not the politicians' favourite. In many respects, Nato is built on a contradiction. Theoretically, we have a defence alliance whose headquarters is in Brussels. In reality, it is the White House, Downing Street and the Elysee Palace who call the shots that count; unanimity must be found between all the members of the alliance, from Germany and Poland to Greece and Portugal.

Leading Article: Britain must help Kosovo build a proper police force

AS THE Prime Minister generously acknowledged in answer to his last questions from him as leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown was "well ahead of the rest of us and right long before the rest of us" on the Balkans. It was a rather elegant way of dodging Mr Ashdown's question, as to why Nato countries had sent so few police officers to help the civil administration of Kosovo.

Leading Article: A disingenuous solution for Sierra Leone

BRITAIN HAS decided to stop helping the elected leader of Sierra Leone fight the rebels who opposed his government, and is now putting all its weight behind a deal reached between President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and Foday Sankoh, leader of the Revolutionary United Front. The RUF's means of destabilising Mr Kabbah's government involved rape, kidnapping thousands of children for its ragtag army, and hacking off the arms and legs of people in areas it deemed loyal to the President. These methods have won it four posts in the new cabinet in Freetown, and a blanket amnesty for those behind the atrocities.

Kosovo faces `total anarchy'

THE DANGER facing Kosovo is no longer starvation but descent into anarchy, the Liberal Democrat leader, Paddy Ashdown, warned yesterday.

Drink: A referendum party

TRY TO guess what this mystery trio has in common: Slobodan Milosevic, seaweed and cognitive dissonance. Puzzled? I'll give you a clue: it has something to do with wine. Still stumped? Then read on and all will be revealed. Everyone complains about wine in restaurants. It's rapaciously marked up, unimaginatively chosen, incorrectly or uncaringly served and inaccurately described. Those are the chief grumbles, and I've contributed my share both in print and in private.

Who is the next Milosevic?

MAYBE, just maybe, Slobodan Milosevic, President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, is on the way out. The pressures have grown steadily in recent days and weeks, and yesterday thousands demonstrated against him in the industrial town of Kragujevac in central Serbia.

Milosevic faces rally of 20,000

AS MANY AS 20,000 people gathered in the central Serbian town of Kragujevac last night for the largest organised rally against Slobodan Milosevic since the Nato bombing campaign.

Milosevic rival calls for fresh elections

THE BEST-KNOWN Serb opposition leader, Vuk Draskovic, called yesterday for a softly-softly approach to wooing voters loyal to President Slobodan Milosevic. He demanded fresh elections, and said: "We must avoid civil war."
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